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Wolfenstein (1981) is a series of World War II shooting video games. They are mostly set in an alternate history of 1960s Europe where the Nazis won the Second World War. You explore on foot with various weapons at the ready. It's a combination of fear and adrenaline as you need your reflexes to survive for long.

In most Wolfenstein games, you play William "B.J." Blazkowicz, a Jewish Polish-American Army Captain who is fighting against the Axis powers. This is often centered around Nazis attempting to harness supernatural and occult forces and set in an alternate history where Axis powers won World War II.

The first two games in the series, Castle Wolfenstein and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein focused on stealth from a top-down perspective. Wolfenstein 3D took things in a fast-paced first-person shooting direction. Along with Doom, this popularized the format:
  • Wolfenstein 3D (1992) - PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360.
  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001) - PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Mac.
  • Wolfenstein (2009) - PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

The series later rebooted with Wolfenstein: The New Order, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot:
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (2015) - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017) - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (2019) - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Wolfenstein 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

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We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Wolfenstein Youngblood is typical of the series's rating. It's PEGI 18 due to frequent scenes of graphic violence and strong language. Violence consists of you playing as either Jess or Sophie and using your power suit and whatever weapons you can recover to kill the enemy Nazi forces. Decapitation and dismemberment are possible, with graphic visual details depicted complete with wounds, blood, tissue and brain matter being shown. Moderate to strong language can be heard throughout including the words ‘*!@?*’, ‘goddamn’, ‘*!@?*’ and the word ‘*!@?*’ and its derivatives. There is also a scene where Jess and Sophie are actively encouraged and taught how to properly smoke cigarettes by a third person.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for strong violence.

CostsCosts

Wolfenstein usually costs £2.49 to £24.99.
 

Wolfenstein 3D

Steam Store PC £2.99

Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny

Steam Store PC £2.49

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Steam Store PC £24.99

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Steam Store PC £14.99

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Steam Store PC £14.99

Wolfenstein

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/09/1981, updated in 2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Shooting and Traversal

Accessibility: 3 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Wolfenstein (@Wolfenstein)


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